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Microsoft Renames SkyDrive Cloud Service to OneDrive After Trademark Dispute with BSkyB

Microsoft has announced that they are renaming their cloud service SkyDrive to OneDrive through a post on The OneDrive Blog because of a trademark infringement dispute with British Sky Broadcasting Group (BSkyB).


Microsoft agreed back in June 2013 to rename their cloud service SkyDrive because of the dispute, within a reasonable amount of time. And just yesterday, Microsoft officially announced the new name of their loved cloud service, OneDrive. Current subscribers of SkyDrive and SkyDrive pro won’t experience any service interruptions as the company makes transition to the new cloud service.

Windows 8 Official Release Date Confirmed, October 26, 2012!

Microsoft on Wednesday has taken the wraps off the official release date of the next version of its operating system, the Windows 8. Announced during the Redmond-based software giant’s annual sales meeting, through the company’s President of the Windows division Steven Sinofsky – the final build of Windows 8 will be available commercially on October 26th, 2012!

For the uninitiated, Windows 8 was initially released to the public on February 29th as “Consumer Preview” and the next version dubbed as “Release Preview” was made available for public download on May 28th. Microsoft is expected to unveil the “Release to Manufacturing” (RTM) build of the OS sometime in early August.

PC users would be able to get Windows 8 either through an upgrade option or through a new PC. It was initially announced that Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 users may qualify to download an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99 (you need to check version compatibility though). The new Microsoft OS will be available in 4 editions, namely: the Windows 8 itself, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Enterprise, and Windows RT. The first three versions are the ones we’ll be seeing in full-packed computer systems, while Windows RT is dedicated for devices like tablet PC’s rocking ARM processors.

Microsoft to Announce Windows 8 Consumer Preview (Beta) on MWC

Windows 8 developer preview has been sitting for a while now since Microsoft gave us more sneak peek of its features during the company’s “Build” event last year. This time however, it appears that the Redmond-based software giant will make its next version of Windows available for download to end-users on February 29th, a leap day.
According to several reports, Microsoft will release Windows 8 Consumer Preview (or Windows 8 Beta) at the upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona – the fact that was confirmed after the company sent out event invitations to the media.

Windows Phone Marketplace Now Open in Philippines

Microsoft has announced just recently that the Windows Phone Marketplace is already open for business to new markets including the Philippines. Also included in the updated list where the Windows Phone Marketplace is available are Argentina, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Peru.
It’s not a secret that Microsoft’s mobile OS is facing stiff competition with Android and iOS even here in the Philippines, in fact – the low number of activated Windows Phone handsets can prove it. Filipinos are now into smartphones, but one of the reasons why they choose Android and iOS (or even BlackBerry or Symbian OS’s) is the App Store support. This is not the case for Windows Phone though, as its Marketplace originally doesn’t cater users from the countries listed above.

Microsoft Outs Office 365, a Cloud-based Office Suite to Compete Google Docs

Microsoft released today its cloud-based Office suite called Office 365. MS Office 365 brings the cloud versions of Microsoft’s latest Office desktop suites together with the company’s communications and collaboration products like Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SharePoint, and Microsoft Lync. Available as a subscription-based service, Office 365 delivers the power of…